Cosmetic surgery reforms

Find out what we’re doing to make cosmetic surgery safer in Australia.

About the reforms

We are working with state and territory governments to build stronger protections and improve patient safety for people undergoing cosmetic surgery in Australia.

Health Ministers have agreed to urgent reforms to protect the public. This will ensure that medical practitioners who provide cosmetic procedures are qualified and work to the highest health and safety standards.

More information will be available as reforms progress.


These reforms aim to:

  • prevent medical practitioners from using the title “surgeon” without the appropriate qualifications
  • develop an ‘Area of Practice’ endorsement to set the minimum skills and qualifications for medical practitioners performing complex cosmetic procedures
  • review licensing standards for facilities where cosmetic surgery occurs
  • support a legislative ban on medical practitioners using patient testimonials for cosmetic surgery, including on social media.

Who we work with

Health Ministers have tasked the Medical Board of Australia (MBA), the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) with reform projects.

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